NASA is webcasting a number of events this week leading up to Thursday's (Dec. 4) historic first test flight of the agency's Orion space capsule. Watch live here, beginning Tuesday (Dec. 2) at 12 p.m. EST (1700 GMT), courtesy of NASA TV.
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Here is the webcast schedule (all times EST), with event descriptions provided by NASA:
Tuesday (Dec. 2):
— 12 pm: Journey to Mars panel discussion from Kennedy Space Center in Florida and NASA Headquarters in Washington
— 1 pm: Orion flight test status and overview briefing
Wednesday (Dec. 3):
— 8:30 am: Media availability with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden at Space Launch Complex 37with Orion and the Delta IV Heavy in the background
— 11 am: Prelaunch news conference
— 1 to 3 pm: NASA Social: Orion Overview
Thursday's launch is scheduled to take place at 7:05 a.m. EST from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. If all goes according to plan, a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket will blast the unmanned Orion capsule out to 3,600 miles (5,800 kilometers) from Earth. Orion will then come rocketing back home at high speeds, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean about 4.5 hours after blasting off. The goal is to test out various of the capsule's systems in the space environment.
NASA plans to use Orion to take astronauts to deep-space destinations, such as asteroids and Mars. The first crewed flight of the capsule is currently slated for 2021.
Hangout: Science of 'Interstellar': Tune in at 3 pm EST today (Nov. 26) to watch astrophysicists discuss the science of Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic "Interstellar."The California-based Kavli Foundation is hosting the discussion; the participants are Mandeep Gill, Eric Miller and Hardip Sanghera. Watch it live in the window below.
NASA officials will broadcast the launch of three new crewmembers to the International Space Station on Sunday (Nov. 23) from Kazakhstan. NASA astronaut Terry Virts, European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov are scheduled to launch atop a Soyuz rocket to the orbiting outpost at 4:01 p.m. EST (2101 GMT). FULL STORY: New Space Station Crew Launches Today: Watch Live . You can watch it live in the window below starting at 3 p.m. EST (2000 GMT):
From NASA: "The trio will ride to orbit in a Soyuz spacecraft, which will rendezvous with the space station and dock after four orbits of Earth. Docking to the Russian segment's Rassvet module will take place at 9:53 p.m. NASA TV coverage of docking will begin at 9:15 p.m. Around 11:30 p.m., hatches between the Soyuz and the station will be opened. Expedition 42 Commander Barry Wilmore of NASA, as well as Flight Engineers Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova of Roscosmos, will greet Virts, Shkaplerov and Cristoforetti. Hatch opening coverage begins on NASA TV at 11 p.m."
WEBCAST REPLAY: ESA Google Hangout on Comet Landing
Update for 7 am ET, Nov. 14: The European Space Agency will host a comet landing Google Hangout on Friday, Nov. 14 at 8 am ET (1300 GMT), to discuss its epic Rosetta/Philae comet landing. Watch it live here, and below if an embed is possible.
Philae's historic landing did not go entirely as planned. The probe's anchoring harpoons did not fire, and as a result Philae may have bounced off the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko before settling back down again. Mission team members will tell us what they know during Thursday's update. See ESA's full webcast schedule here: http://www.esa.int/esatv/Television.
The Slooh Community Observatory's webcast is due to begin at 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT) on Nov. 12. It will feature live views of Rosetta's target comet and you can watch it in the window below:
WEBCAST REPLAY: Rosetta Mission Comet Landing News Conference
European Space Agency officials will host a news conference to detail the Rosetta mission's comet landing scheduled for next week. The Philae lander is expected to touch down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 12. The webcast starts at 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT) on Friday (Nov. 7). You can watch the webcast in the window below:
The Philae lander is expected to make its daring and historic descent down to the comet's surface next week. You can learn more about the Google+ Hangout here: https://plus.google.com/events/cjeue6sjne4i9so22o27mtcvb4g
HD Views from the International Space Station
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NASA TV is available in continental North America, Alaska and Hawaii on AMC-18C. A Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder (IRD) is needed for reception. Below are parameters for each channel:
Uplink provider = AMC 18 C
Transponder = 3C
105 degrees W
Downlink Frequency: 3760 MHz
Downlink Polarity: Vertical
Transmission Format = DVB-S, 4:2:0
FEC = ¾
Data Rate = 38.80 Mbps
Symbol Rate = 28.0681